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Mary Christian
Mary Christian
Birth: 12 June 1889
Taunton, Massachusetts, USA
Death: 20 April 2003
San Pablo, California, USA
Age: 113 years, 312 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Mary Dorothy Christian (née Perry; 12 June 1889 – 20 April 2003) was a validated American supercentenarian who became the oldest recognised person in the United States at age 113 upon the death of 113-year-old Mae Harrington and was succeeded in this title by another 113-year-old, Elena Slough.


Mary Dorothy Perry was born in Taunton, Massachusetts to parents whose name had been anglicised from Perreira (she was of Portuguese descent). She moved with her family to San Pablo. She was a teenager working at an East Bay chocolate factory when she watched flames engulf San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake.

She married in 1907 and had two sons, whom she outlived. Following a divorce in 1922, she worked several jobs, including elevator operator and department store saleswoman, before retiring in 1971. She lived alone until she turned 102 and refused to be taken in by family members.

At the time of her death she had two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Christian died in a San Pablo, California nursing home at 113 years, 312 days old.[1][2][3]


United States' Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Clarida RoyMary BittlebrunSophia DeMuthFannie ThomasNellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Florence Knapp • Orpha NusbaumElzona MaxeyAlphaeus Philemon ColeBirdie May VogtEttie Mae GreeneMargaret SkeeteWilhelmina Kott • Sarah Knauss • Myrtle Dorsey • Maud Farris-LuseGrace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Mary Christian • Elena Slough • Charlotte Benkner • Emma Verona Johnston • Elizabeth Bolden • Emma TillmanCorinne Dixon Taylor • Edna Parker • Gertrude Baines • Mary Josephine Ray • Neva Morris • Eunice Sanborn • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Goldie Michelson • Adele DunlapDelphine GibsonLessie BrownAlelia MurphyHester FordThelma Sutcliffe